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Secrets of Stylish Moms!

How do you take care of little ones and yourself too? Have you found it a challenge to stay looking cute and stylish after you had kids? I asked five of my mommy friends how they stayed put together after babies! I love these tips!! Check them out, after the jump!


  • Shirk the trends 1 of 5
    Shirk the trends
    It's all a matter of time. I try to spend less than a half-hour getting ready. Which means less make-up, lots of topknots and a fuss-free wardrobe.

    I don't care so much getting my outfit just right or partaking in the latest trends. I would rather buy classic, timeless items of clothing and stick with pretty everyday jewelry. I do find that I spend more per article of clothing, but overall I spend less because I am not so caught up with what's in the window at the moment.
    Traci French of Bliss.
  • Stock up on classics 2 of 5
    Stock up on classics
    I buy clothes that fit well, in colors that I know suit me and with minimal patterns. I have learned that it is very wise to buy more than one when I find a piece that looks great on me, fits me well and is in my budget.

    Hopefully it comes in more than one color or if it is a basic like jeans, then I will simply buy multiples of it. For example, the dress I am wearing in this feature also came in a coral color. Since it can work for many events, it was a good investment for me.
    Jessica Nichols of Sweet Eventide Photography.
  • Invest in accessories 3 of 5
    Invest in accessories
    I find that if you have a great bag, some good jewlery and a fun pair of shoes even jeans and a t-shirt will look pulled together. In the fall I love patterned scarves, bright lipstick and cute boots to make the gray Portland days a little bit more fun. And I try to invest in a stylish coat, because you can throw it over just about anything and look great.

    Living with children is messy, so I almost always stick to cotton and clothes that can get thrown in the wash. I love silk, but have no time for stains and dry cleaning! Everything has to be wash-and-wear. Finally, comfort! For comfort and style, Frye's are my go-to for shoes and boots — they are an investment but they stand the test of time and look better with age. I feel the same about my Coach bags. They never go out of style and I can take then anywhere.
    Anna Joyce of Anna Joyce Design.
  • Know what looks good on you 4 of 5
    Know what looks good on you
    I think knowing what looks good on you and stocking up on those basics is a time-saver as a mom. I favor neutral clothes with little pops of color, which makes it easy to mix and match.

    The main challenge for dressing as a mom has to do with budget. Now that I have children to clothe and care for I feel like I am more thoughtful about adding pieces to my wardrobe. Every year I purchase a few "trendy" items, but the majority of my clothing is classic pieces with clean lines and pretty details or texture, things I will wear for years. I also like to sew dresses and tops for myself, which saves me money and allows me to have one-of-a-kind pieces in my wardrobe.
    Sally Shim of Sallyjshim.com.
    Photo by Bonnie Tsang.
  • Trust that you’ll find your happy place 5 of 5
    Trust that you'll find your happy place
    Honestly, it took me quite some time to feel pretty and stylish again. Some moms lose the baby weight quickly and easily, bouncing back into their old clothes ... but I literally had to work may ass off. The first few months I did not care since I was sleep-deprived and just in awe of this new little person. But after a while I got sick of looking at myself in the mirror and not recognizing the reflection.

    Every time I got dressed I would get so frustrated, sometimes even mad. It wasn't until I got my body back that I also started to love clothes again and started to feel like I was true to my style. Now time is a luxury. Every time saving shortcut makes my day easier and happier. So I make sure that my clothes can go from work to play to a dinner with just a few changes.
    Joanna Swanson of Simple Blueprint

A big thanks to Levi’s for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

Top photos: Bonnie Tsang. All other photos from respective sources. 

Chelsea Fuss is a blogger and prop stylist based in Portland who blogs daily at Frolic!

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